HONOURING A SOLDIER OF THE BATTLE OF KRUTY

22.09.19


Representatives of the Embassy of Ukriane to the UK and various Ukrainian community organisations and their Branches from around the country gathered in Derby yesterday for the blessing of a new memorial on the grave of Serhij Jewtymowtsch, a survivor of the Battle of Kruty in 1918.

A memorial service was conducted at the graveside by priests of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox and Ukrainian Catholic Churches, Fr. Bohdan Matwijczuk and Fr. Davyd Senyk.

Serhij Jewtymowytsch’s two grandchildren, Michael and Serhij, and Serhij’s wife Evelyn, flew in from Germany to be at the event which had been in the making for the past 18 months. The family had worked closely with AUGB Derby Branch, and in particular with Roman and Nadia Surma, to arrange a very fitting and poignant commemoration on the life of Serhij Jewtymowytsch, who had settled in Derby after the Second World War and died there in 1964.

During a reception held at the AUGB Derby Branch community centre on Charnwood Street, Myroslava Matwijiwskyj of the Ukrainian Information Service provided a presentation on the Battle of Kruty and Ukraine’s struggle for independence (1917-21) and addresses were given by the Ukrainian Embassy’s Minister Councillor – Andriy Marchenko, AUGB Derby Branch Chair - Josyf Kupranec, Head of the Event Organising Committee – Roman Surma, AUGB CEO – Fedir Kurlak and Serhij Jewtymowytsch (jnr), who movingly expressed his wholehearted gratitude on behalf of his family to everyone for keeping alive the memory of his granfather and the values that he stood for - his family and friends, the Church, the Ukrainian community and of course his beloved homeland, Ukraine. He expressed special thanks to Roman and Nadia Surma and Borys Zadarko for helping to make yesterday's event possible.

(Photos courtesy of Bohdan Woloszynowycz.)

 

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